UNC Volleyball Bio
6 Tia Gaffen
Gaffen Gaffen 743718

Senior Season: 2012 All-ACC Academic Team selection • Registered 89 total blocks • Finished third on the team in block average (1.01/set) and attack percentage (.273) • Recorded double-digit kills in three matches.

Junior Season: Finished third on the team in total blocks (102) and in block average (0.88) • Finished fourth on the team in kills (268) • Posted a .299 attack percentage, the second highest mark on the team • Registered double-digit kills in nine matches in 2011 • 2011 Western Michigan Classic All-Tournament team selection • 2011 Tar Heel Classic All-Tournament team selection • Named to the 2011 All-ACC Academic Team.

At University of California, Berkeley

Sophomore Season
Appeared in 12 matches and played in 20 sets • Registered 17 kills to just three errors and collected 14 blocks in her sophomore season • Cranked five kills, a .833 hitting percentage, a serve ace and three block assists in a 3-0 win over Gardner-Webb (9/3/10) • Registered three block assists in a win over Oregon State (10/2/10) • Ranked second in hitting percentage (.378) and fifth in blocks (0.67 per set) for the National runner-up Golden Bears.

Freshman Season
Entered her first match on 9/11/09, against Eastern Washington and appeared in 33 sets through 16 matches for the Bears • Recorded a career-high six kills in two matches: against Eastern Washington (9/11/09), and against San Jose State (9/12/09) • Earned career-high five total blocks against San Francisco (9/19/09) • Ranked third on the team in blocks (0.91 bps).

Prep
A four-year letterwinner at Wayzata High School • Senior honors include Volleyball Magazine Fab 50, PrepVolleyball.com Top Senior Ace, UnderArmour second team High School All-American and Pioneer Press All-State team • As a junior in 2007, selected to PrepVolleyball.com top 50 • As a sophomore in 2006, selected as a PrepVolleyball.com Sophomore 79 • Selected to the All-Classic Lake Conference team three times (2006-08) • Two-time selection to the Minnesota All-State team • Played for Minnesota Select Volleyball Club and participated in the 2009 Junior Olympics.

Personal
Majoring in public relations • Hobbies include going to the beach and hanging out with friends • Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are athletes she admires • Credits her parents as having had the greatest influence on her athletic career • Favorite food is pizza • Lists "The Notebook" as her favorite movie and "The Bachelorette" as her favorite TV show • Transferred to Carolina from Cal-Berkeley where she played for the 2010 National Runner-up Golden Bears • Tia Gaffen is the daughter of Mitch Gaffen and Cheryl Erickson born Oct. 20, 1991 in Wayzata, Minn. • Has one brother, Tracy (16) and two stepbrothers; Kevin Erickson (22) and Joey Erickson (19) • Has not declared a major.

Career Highs
Kills: 17 vs Tulsa (9/16/11)
Blocks: 8 vs. Miami (10/9/11)

Year GP K K/G E TA D BS BA
2009 33 26 0.79 11 56 5 2 28
2010 20 17 0.85 3 37 5 0 14
2011 116 268 2.31 87 606 62 17 85
2012 88 153 1.74 54 362 25 12 77
Career* 204 421 2.06 141 968 87 29 162

*Career at UNC

Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6'2"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Wayzata, Minn.
High School: Wayzata
Club: Minnesota Select Volleyball
UNC North Carolina Volleyball


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